Into Overdrive will miss his meant run within the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday after scoping soiled and now appears to be like set to be saved for the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Mark Walford was primed to run within the invaluable three-mile occasion after Into Overdrive defeated Sounds Russian within the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day.
Prior to that, the highly-progressive Court Cave gelding had chased residence L’Homme Presse within the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle.
However, hopes of a 3rd success of the season should wait some time after Wendy Hamilton’s eight-year-old was discovered to be beneath the climate.
“It is disappointing, however it’s nothing severe,” mentioned Walford. “You’ve acquired to be on the high of your sport to be working in these kind of races.
“There was just a bit little bit of mucus – nothing I’m overly involved about, It is simply dangerous timing.”
Walford added: “We will most likely simply look ahead to the Ultima at Cheltenham. There is nothing actually in between.
“There is barely a race at Kempton earlier than Cheltenham that’s appropriate for him (Coral Trophy Handicap Chase, February 25), and I feel we’ll most likely choose to go to Cheltenham over that.
“I’d anticipate we’ll have him cleared up in per week or so, however there are simply not that many alternatives for him.
“It is gutting. These kinds of races do not come alongside fairly often, however you get used to it while you cope with horses. You get issues and it’s removed from a serious one, so he’ll be again and effective and there shall be loads of different good races for him to run in.”